Mayor Adams signs bills to support working parents, moves NYC closer to universal child care
Mayor Eric Adams signed a package of new bills that pave the way for the possibility of universal child care in New York City.
The seven bills aim to not only provide support to mothers and families across the city, but also offer help to caregivers.
Adams also addressed the struggles families across the city had during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The first bills that were announced will establish multiple task forces to develop recommendations to support working mothers, parents and caregivers, and make child care more affordable and accessible for families in the city.
The bills also require the creation of a website with a directory of child care programs in the city.
“Struggling to balance child care and the needs of providing for a family is something that no parent should have to go through. It shouldn't be hard to raise a family in our city, and we know it holds back opportunities in general for families, but specifically for women,” Adams says.
As part of the newly signed bills, a three-year child care grant pilot program is set to start in the summer of 2023.
For more information on the package of bills, visit nyc.gov.